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Kaiser Kuo

Kaiser Kuo

Kaiser Kuo is Director of International Communications for Baidu. He is also co-host of the Sinica Podcast, a weekly discussion of current affairs in China, and is a guitarist and co-founder of the band Chunqiu (Spring & Autumn). He was previously a technology reporter in China, and was a founder of China’s first heavy metal band, Tang Dynasty. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and holds an M.A. from the University of Arizona. He lives in Beijing.

Contributions by Kaiser Kuo

Sinica Podcast

12.19.14

Cooperation or Exploitation

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

Exactly how exploitative are Chinese development activities on the African continent? What exactly is motivating the various resources-for-development deals inked by African governments over the last decade, and what strategies are these governments now adopting in the face of...

Sinica Podcast

12.12.14

Band of Brothers: China and South Africa

KAISER KUO & JEREMY GOLDKORN

Pomp and ritual surrounded South African President Jacob Zuma's recent state visit to China, a trip that saw China roll out the red carpet in a very uncritical fashion, not often seen these days, with even Xinhua getting into the spirit of international camraderie with fulsome...

Sinica Podcast

12.05.14

Domestic Abuse in China

KAISER KUO & JEREMY GOLDKORN

It doesn’t take a lot of time in China to see household violence play out in supermarkets, in schools, or even in the streets. But exactly how common is domestic violence in China? In the face of recent evidence from Peking University that more than 70 percent of all children...

Sinica Podcast

11.25.14

Internet Wrangling in Wuzhen

KAISER KUO & ROGIER CREEMERS

Kaiser Kuo hosts alone this week as we turn our attention to the World Internet Conference (English site) last week, when a last minute attempt by Chinese organizers to foist the so-called Wuzhen Declaration on participants provoked an international backlash over concerns it was...

Sinica Podcast

11.22.14

Banned but Booming: Golf in China...

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

Despite China's legal moratorium on the development of the golf industry, a policy driven by concerns over illegal farmland seizures and the potential misallocation of agricultural land and water resources, the golf industry has experienced an unprecedented frenzy of development...

Sinica Podcast

11.14.14

Behind the Curtain at APEC

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

With tensions between the West and Russia running high over Ukraine, China and Japan still wrangling over the Diaoyu islands, and America and China fighting over pretty much the same old petty stuff, it's easy to be cynical about APEC. But this year's summit seemed to accomplish...

Sinica Podcast

11.10.14

Damned Lies, Statistics, and China

KAISER KUO & JEREMY GOLDKORN

In a country where every single province frequently reports annual growth rates exceeding the national average, and the country’s premier is applauded for publicly ignoring his own National Bureau of Statistics, it isn't hard to take Mark Twain’s famous aphorism about “lies...

Sinica Podcast

11.07.14

David Walker on China in the Australian Mind

KAISER KUO & JEREMY GOLDKORN

This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy are delighted to be joined by Professor David Walker, Chair of the Australian Studies department at Peking University and historian with a special focus on Australian immigration policies and relations with China since...

Sinica Podcast

10.24.14

Chomping at the Bitcoin

KAISER KUO & JEREMY GOLDKORN

After a shocking expose of Jeremy Goldkorn’s criminal past, Sinica this week moves on to examine the Bitcoin phenomenon in China. Joined by Zennon Kapron, owner of the Shanghai consultancy Kapronasia and recent author of the book Chomping at the Bitcoin: The Past, Present and...

Sinica Podcast

10.17.14

China Daddy Issues

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

We’ve all heard about the difficulty of finding good schools in China, and know first hand about the food and air safety problems. But what about the terrors of pedestrian crossings, the dilemmas of how much trust you should inculcate in your kids, or how much abject poverty...

Sinica Podcast

10.10.14

The Sounds of Old Beijing

KAISER KUO & JEREMY GOLDKORN

This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy are joined by Colin Chinnery from the Beijing Sound History Project, a recording project that aims to preserve the distinctive clangs, songs, and shouts of traditional Beijing life. In addition to sampling some recordings from the archives,...

Sinica Podcast

09.27.14

In Conversation with Mara Hvistendahl

KAISER KUO & JEREMY GOLDKORN

Kaiser and Jeremy are joined this week by Mara Hvistendahl, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author and long-standing resident of Shanghai, to discuss her two main works. Along with discussing the twists and turns of her murder novel, And the City Swallowed Them, we also touch upon law...

Sinica Podcast

09.05.14

ISIS and China

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

With the recent capture of a Chinese ISIS soldier triggering speculation about the involvement of Chinese citizens in the Iraqi civil war, Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn are joined in our studio by Edward Wong from The New York Times and Prashant Rao of AFP, both of whom have...

Sinica Podcast

08.15.14

Finding the ‘Essence’ of China

KAISER KUO, DAVID MOSER & more

This week, Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are delighted to host Jeremiah Jenne, Director at the Hutong, Beijing’s premier cultural exchange center, for a conversation that picks apart China’s obsession with “Chinese characteristics” and asks whether this is empty rhetoric, or...

Sinica Podcast

08.08.14

In Memory of Jenkai Kuo

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

This week on Sinica, Jeremy and David welcome back Kaiser to remember the life and lessons of his father, Jenkai Kuo (Guo Jingkai) (郭倞闓). He was an upstanding man who spent much of his life dedicated to his passions, none more important than his family. From the beginning,...

Sinica Podcast

07.18.14

Debating Societies in China

KAISER KUO & JEREMY GOLDKORN

This week on Sinica, we’re happy to welcome back Jeremy Goldkorn in conversation with David Weeks, founder and President of the National High School Debate League of China, a debating society currently established in twenty-seven cities throughout China. Join us as we discuss...

Sinica Podcast

07.14.14

Education in China

KAISER KUO & DAVID MOSER

This week on Sinica, Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are joined by Jiang Xueqin, deputy principal of Tsinghua Fuzhong Affiliated High School and author of Creative China, for a discussion of the education system in China. Specifically, we’re curious to find out how China’s...

Sinica Podcast

06.27.14

Narendra Modi and Sino-Indian Relations

KAISER KUO & JEREMY GOLDKORN

This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy grab Ananth Krishnanin, correspondent for India’s national newspaper The Hindu, and drag him into our studio for a discussion of the state of Sino-Indian relations. In particular, we’re curious why Sino-Indian relations seem to have...

Sinica Podcast

06.20.14

Isolda Morillo: Una Vida en China

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy are delighted to be joined by Isolda Morillo, a Peruvian journalist for the Associated Press whose life story is as interesting as they come. Growing up in Beijing in the 1980s, where she attended local schools, Isolda went on to attend...

Sinica Podcast

06.16.14

The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy are joined by David Moser and Leta Hong Fincher, newly-minted Ph.D. and author of Leftover Women, a book which gazes into the state of women’s rights in China, and documents the way state-sanctioned propaganda, family-driven social...

Sinica Podcast

06.06.14

Rice, Wheat, and Air Filters

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

This week on Sinica, we're delighted to be joined by Thomas Talhelm, Ph.D. candidate in psychology at the University of Virginia and author of a recent paper proposing a fascinating connection between rice and wheat-growing communities, and persistent differences in psychological...

Sinica Podcast

06.02.14

OMG, in Conversation With Jessica Beinecke...

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn interview Jessica Beinecke, host of the VOA-funded OMG Meiyu, a Chinese show on English slang that has earned Jessica hundreds of thousands of followers in China. Now the owner of her own production company, Jessica is on the show to chat about her...

Sinica Podcast

05.27.14

History of the Internet in China

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

The Internet has always been near and dear to our hearts here at Sinica. Four years ago, our very first show covered Google China and the fracas that followed their decision to pull out of China. And in the years since, we've frequently talked about Twitter and Weibo and now...

Sinica Podcast

04.14.14

Live at the Association for Asian Studies

KAISER KUO, JEFFREY WASSERSTROM & more

This week, Sinica presents a special live recording from the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) which convened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Regular listeners, please note that the audio quality here isn’t up to our usual standards: we didn’t have...

Sinica Podcast

04.07.14

In Conversation with Timothy Garton Ash

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

This week on Sinica, Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn are pleased to host a conversation with Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of History at Oxford University and recent participant in the Capital M Literary Festival in Beijing. As one the world's leading historians of the end of the...

Sinica Podcast

03.31.14

The World War One Chinese Labor Corps

KAISER KUO & DAVID MOSER

This week on Sinica, Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are delighted to host Mark O’Neill, author of The Chinese Labour Corps, for a discussion of the Chinese contribution to World War One. As a comprehensive look into China’s role in The Great War, O’Neill’s book concerns the...

Sinica Podcast

03.17.14

Will China Dominate the Twenty-first Century...

KAISER KUO

This week on Sinica, we are pleased to present a live show recorded earlier this week at The Bookworm in Beijing, where Kaiser Kuo interviewed Jonathan Fenby, author of the book Will China Dominate the 21st Century? If you haven’t heard of Jonathan Fenby, you should know him...

Sinica Podcast

03.07.14

Wealth and Power: Intellectuals in China

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

This week, Kaiser and Jeremy are joined by David Moser and Orville Schell. While long-time listeners will of course know of David Moser as one of our favorite resident sinologists, if you haven’t also heard of Orville Schell we think you should have....

Conversation

03.02.14

A Racist Farewell to Outgoing U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke

KAISER KUO, HYEON-JU RHO & more

Reacting to departing U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke’s February 27 farewell news conference in Beijing, the state-run China News Service published a critique by Wang Ping that called Ambassador Locke a “banana.” —The EditorsKaiser Kuo: Banana or Twinkie for “white-on-...

Sinica Podcast

03.01.14

In Line Behind a Billion People

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy are joined by Damien Ma, author of In Line Behind a Billion People, a new book for China-watchers looking at how China’s lack of affordable housing, its food and air pollution, and the country’s poor education system, as well as its...

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Sinica Podcast

12.19.14

Cooperation or Exploitation

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

Exactly how exploitative are Chinese development activities on the African continent? What exactly is motivating the various resources-for-development deals inked by African governments over the last decade, and what strategies are these governments now adopting in the face of...

Sinica Podcast

12.12.14

Band of Brothers: China and South Africa

KAISER KUO & JEREMY GOLDKORN

Pomp and ritual surrounded South African President Jacob Zuma's recent state visit to China, a trip that saw China roll out the red carpet in a very uncritical fashion, not often seen these days, with even Xinhua getting into the spirit of international camraderie with fulsome...

Sinica Podcast

12.05.14

Domestic Abuse in China

KAISER KUO & JEREMY GOLDKORN

It doesn’t take a lot of time in China to see household violence play out in supermarkets, in schools, or even in the streets. But exactly how common is domestic violence in China? In the face of recent evidence from Peking University that more than 70 percent of all children...

Sinica Podcast

11.25.14

Internet Wrangling in Wuzhen

KAISER KUO & ROGIER CREEMERS

Kaiser Kuo hosts alone this week as we turn our attention to the World Internet Conference (English site) last week, when a last minute attempt by Chinese organizers to foist the so-called Wuzhen Declaration on participants provoked an international backlash over concerns it was...

Sinica Podcast

11.22.14

Banned but Booming: Golf in China...

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

Despite China's legal moratorium on the development of the golf industry, a policy driven by concerns over illegal farmland seizures and the potential misallocation of agricultural land and water resources, the golf industry has experienced an unprecedented frenzy of development...

Sinica Podcast

11.14.14

Behind the Curtain at APEC

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

With tensions between the West and Russia running high over Ukraine, China and Japan still wrangling over the Diaoyu islands, and America and China fighting over pretty much the same old petty stuff, it's easy to be cynical about APEC. But this year's summit seemed to accomplish...

Sinica Podcast

11.10.14

Damned Lies, Statistics, and China

KAISER KUO & JEREMY GOLDKORN

In a country where every single province frequently reports annual growth rates exceeding the national average, and the country’s premier is applauded for publicly ignoring his own National Bureau of Statistics, it isn't hard to take Mark Twain’s famous aphorism about “lies...

Sinica Podcast

11.07.14

David Walker on China in the Australian Mind

KAISER KUO & JEREMY GOLDKORN

This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy are delighted to be joined by Professor David Walker, Chair of the Australian Studies department at Peking University and historian with a special focus on Australian immigration policies and relations with China since...

Sinica Podcast

10.24.14

Chomping at the Bitcoin

KAISER KUO & JEREMY GOLDKORN

After a shocking expose of Jeremy Goldkorn’s criminal past, Sinica this week moves on to examine the Bitcoin phenomenon in China. Joined by Zennon Kapron, owner of the Shanghai consultancy Kapronasia and recent author of the book Chomping at the Bitcoin: The Past, Present and...

Sinica Podcast

10.17.14

China Daddy Issues

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

We’ve all heard about the difficulty of finding good schools in China, and know first hand about the food and air safety problems. But what about the terrors of pedestrian crossings, the dilemmas of how much trust you should inculcate in your kids, or how much abject poverty...

Sinica Podcast

10.10.14

The Sounds of Old Beijing

KAISER KUO & JEREMY GOLDKORN

This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy are joined by Colin Chinnery from the Beijing Sound History Project, a recording project that aims to preserve the distinctive clangs, songs, and shouts of traditional Beijing life. In addition to sampling some recordings from the archives,...

Sinica Podcast

09.27.14

In Conversation with Mara Hvistendahl

KAISER KUO & JEREMY GOLDKORN

Kaiser and Jeremy are joined this week by Mara Hvistendahl, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author and long-standing resident of Shanghai, to discuss her two main works. Along with discussing the twists and turns of her murder novel, And the City Swallowed Them, we also touch upon law...

Sinica Podcast

09.05.14

ISIS and China

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

With the recent capture of a Chinese ISIS soldier triggering speculation about the involvement of Chinese citizens in the Iraqi civil war, Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn are joined in our studio by Edward Wong from The New York Times and Prashant Rao of AFP, both of whom have...

Sinica Podcast

08.15.14

Finding the ‘Essence’ of China

KAISER KUO, DAVID MOSER & more

This week, Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are delighted to host Jeremiah Jenne, Director at the Hutong, Beijing’s premier cultural exchange center, for a conversation that picks apart China’s obsession with “Chinese characteristics” and asks whether this is empty rhetoric, or...

Sinica Podcast

08.08.14

In Memory of Jenkai Kuo

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

This week on Sinica, Jeremy and David welcome back Kaiser to remember the life and lessons of his father, Jenkai Kuo (Guo Jingkai) (郭倞闓). He was an upstanding man who spent much of his life dedicated to his passions, none more important than his family. From the beginning,...

Sinica Podcast

07.18.14

Debating Societies in China

KAISER KUO & JEREMY GOLDKORN

This week on Sinica, we’re happy to welcome back Jeremy Goldkorn in conversation with David Weeks, founder and President of the National High School Debate League of China, a debating society currently established in twenty-seven cities throughout China. Join us as we discuss...

Sinica Podcast

07.14.14

Education in China

KAISER KUO & DAVID MOSER

This week on Sinica, Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are joined by Jiang Xueqin, deputy principal of Tsinghua Fuzhong Affiliated High School and author of Creative China, for a discussion of the education system in China. Specifically, we’re curious to find out how China’s...

Sinica Podcast

06.27.14

Narendra Modi and Sino-Indian Relations

KAISER KUO & JEREMY GOLDKORN

This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy grab Ananth Krishnanin, correspondent for India’s national newspaper The Hindu, and drag him into our studio for a discussion of the state of Sino-Indian relations. In particular, we’re curious why Sino-Indian relations seem to have...

Sinica Podcast

06.20.14

Isolda Morillo: Una Vida en China

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy are delighted to be joined by Isolda Morillo, a Peruvian journalist for the Associated Press whose life story is as interesting as they come. Growing up in Beijing in the 1980s, where she attended local schools, Isolda went on to attend...

Sinica Podcast

06.16.14

The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy are joined by David Moser and Leta Hong Fincher, newly-minted Ph.D. and author of Leftover Women, a book which gazes into the state of women’s rights in China, and documents the way state-sanctioned propaganda, family-driven social...

Sinica Podcast

06.06.14

Rice, Wheat, and Air Filters

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

This week on Sinica, we're delighted to be joined by Thomas Talhelm, Ph.D. candidate in psychology at the University of Virginia and author of a recent paper proposing a fascinating connection between rice and wheat-growing communities, and persistent differences in psychological...

Sinica Podcast

06.02.14

OMG, in Conversation With Jessica Beinecke...

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn interview Jessica Beinecke, host of the VOA-funded OMG Meiyu, a Chinese show on English slang that has earned Jessica hundreds of thousands of followers in China. Now the owner of her own production company, Jessica is on the show to chat about her...

Sinica Podcast

05.27.14

History of the Internet in China

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

The Internet has always been near and dear to our hearts here at Sinica. Four years ago, our very first show covered Google China and the fracas that followed their decision to pull out of China. And in the years since, we've frequently talked about Twitter and Weibo and now...

Sinica Podcast

04.14.14

Live at the Association for Asian Studies

KAISER KUO, JEFFREY WASSERSTROM & more

This week, Sinica presents a special live recording from the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) which convened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Regular listeners, please note that the audio quality here isn’t up to our usual standards: we didn’t have...

Sinica Podcast

04.07.14

In Conversation with Timothy Garton Ash

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

This week on Sinica, Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn are pleased to host a conversation with Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of History at Oxford University and recent participant in the Capital M Literary Festival in Beijing. As one the world's leading historians of the end of the...

Sinica Podcast

03.31.14

The World War One Chinese Labor Corps

KAISER KUO & DAVID MOSER

This week on Sinica, Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are delighted to host Mark O’Neill, author of The Chinese Labour Corps, for a discussion of the Chinese contribution to World War One. As a comprehensive look into China’s role in The Great War, O’Neill’s book concerns the...

Sinica Podcast

03.17.14

Will China Dominate the Twenty-first Century...

KAISER KUO

This week on Sinica, we are pleased to present a live show recorded earlier this week at The Bookworm in Beijing, where Kaiser Kuo interviewed Jonathan Fenby, author of the book Will China Dominate the 21st Century? If you haven’t heard of Jonathan Fenby, you should know him...

Sinica Podcast

03.07.14

Wealth and Power: Intellectuals in China

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

This week, Kaiser and Jeremy are joined by David Moser and Orville Schell. While long-time listeners will of course know of David Moser as one of our favorite resident sinologists, if you haven’t also heard of Orville Schell we think you should have....

Conversation

03.02.14

A Racist Farewell to Outgoing U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke

KAISER KUO, HYEON-JU RHO & more

Reacting to departing U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke’s February 27 farewell news conference in Beijing, the state-run China News Service published a critique by Wang Ping that called Ambassador Locke a “banana.” —The EditorsKaiser Kuo: Banana or Twinkie for “white-on-...

Sinica Podcast

03.01.14

In Line Behind a Billion People

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy are joined by Damien Ma, author of In Line Behind a Billion People, a new book for China-watchers looking at how China’s lack of affordable housing, its food and air pollution, and the country’s poor education system, as well as its...

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